Washington– Tuesday, the House of Representatives voted to pass the Veterans Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017. Congressman Mike Conaway (TX-11) released the following statement upon passage:
“For years, we saw the Veterans Administration (VA) fail the service men and women who fought so hard for our freedom and safety. Today, with the Veterans Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, we are taking further action towards a more accountable, veteran-centered VA.
“This legislation creates a new, streamlined process to hold any poorly performing VA employee accountable for their work product, while still protecting their rights to due process. It also expands protections for whistleblowers who shine light on bad practices at the VA, to safeguard their jobs from retaliatory actions.
“Because the Senate has also passed this legislation, it will now head to President Trump’s desk to be signed into law. We’ve passed similar legislation previously, but the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act builds on that work and strengthens the laws in place. Our veterans deserve more than they’ve been getting from the VA, and this is a step in the right direction to ensuring that our veterans will not go without the care they have earned.”